Dressage schooling shows are conducted according to the USEF Rules for Dressage Competitions, with exceptions as noted here. A current copy of the USEF Rulebook where the most recent rule changes are highlighted in red is available on the USEF website:
Some of the most common questions pertaining to rules are explained briefly here:
The following exceptions to USEF rules are permitted at HVDS dressage schooling shows:
Regional Schooling Show Awards Program Rules General Information:
1. Program year is December 1 through November 30.
2. Scores may be earned in any USDF region.
3. Late nominations, applications and results submissions will not be accepted.
Rider Eligibility & Requirements:
1. Rider must have a USDF Group Membership that is recorded by the Group Member Organization (GMO) at the time the scores are earned.
2. Riders affiliated with an International GMO must declare a USDF region.
3. Owner must have at least a USDF non-member number at the time the scores are earned.
4. Horse must have at least a USDF Horse Identification Number at the time the scores are earned.
5. Rider must submit a one-time yearly online nomination and $35 nomination fee for each horse/rider combination no later than 14 days after the last day of the first competition. The nomination fee must be paid annually.
6. Riders may change their division status during the program year. A rider’s status will be determined at the end of the program year.
7. Rider must submit scores to USDF online no later than 21 days after the last day of the competition. 8. Only USDF members in good standing are eligible to compete in the USDF Regional Schooling Show Awards Program and receive awards.
Award Divisions & Levels:
1. Four award divisions will be recognized per region:
a. Open: from the beginning of the calendar year the rider reaches age 22, not a USEF Adult Amateur (AA), not a non-professional.
b. Junior/Young Rider (Jr/YR): up until the end of the calendar year the rider reaches age 21.
c. AA: from the beginning of the calendar year the rider reaches age 22 and possess a current USEF AA card.
d. Non-Professional: from the beginning of the calendar year the rider reaches age 22, not a current USEF AA, not a professional.
2. Seven levels (freestyle, pas de deux and quadrille not included) will be recognized per division. Exception: only 6 levels are recognized in the open division:
a. Introductory (only in Jr/YR, AA and non-professional divisions)
f. Fourth g. FEI – combination of Prix St. Georges, Intermediate I, Intermediate II and Grand Prix scores.
3. Equivalencies listed in the current USDF Member Guide are eligible. Tests not listed as equivalencies will not be eligible.
4. Preliminary standings will be ranked using a median of all eligible scores and will be available on the USDF website.
5. Final awards standings will be based on the rider’s region of primary residence in the USDF database as of November 30.
1. Introductory Level: a. Must have a minimum of five scores b. From three different judges c. From three different competitions
2. Training through Fourth Levels (levels may not be combined to meet requirements): a. Must have a minimum of five scores b. From three different judges c. From three different competitions d. At least one score must be earned from the highest test of the level
3. FEI Level (levels may be combined to meet requirements): a. Must have a minimum of four scores b. From three different judges c. From three different competitions
1. Up to ten placings per division/level will be recognized.
2. Ribbons will be mailed to the rider.
3. Certificates will be available online.
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